For the fifth straight season, the Chicago Wolves are excited to offer “Howl For Your Health.” It's a program challenging America’s youth, their families, and schools to incorporate physical activity into the everyday lives of students.
In the past 30 years, obesity has more than doubled among children and more than tripled among adolescents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obese children and adolescents have a greater risk of developing bone and joint problems, sleep apnea and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self esteem. Obesity can also lead to other health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and certain cancers.
“Howl For Your Health” is designed to use Wolves resources to bring America’s sedentary habits to light and initiate changes that can be used to maintain a healthy lifestyle for our students. This program uses activity charts, healthy lifestyle tips, and posters to create an environment of self-awareness in the home and the schools.
In addition to the activity goal charts, we recommend using a physical fitness test to help students see improvement in their fitness level. Five physical tests are administered by the physical education teacher: shuttle run, sit-up minute test, push-up test, one mile run/walk, and sit and reach. The students should be tested at the beginning of the program and at the conclusion to determine improvement.
Students who improve in three of the five physical tests AND/OR complete their activity charts receive a certificate redeemable for a complimentary ticket to a select 2013-14 Chicago Wolves home game.
If you would like to sign up for the "Howl For Your Health" program, please fill out the form below.
Healthy Living Tips:
Drink 1-2 cups of fluid before a game or practice and take in 4-8 ounces every 15-20 minutes during exercise. Drink at least 2 cups of fluid afterward. Some people even weigh themselves before and after they exercise, drinking 2-3 cups of fluid for each pound lost.
Did you know calcium in milk and other milk products helps you grow and defends your bones from breaking? It’s not just milk either. Try green vegetables like broccoli, brussel sprouts, and mustard greens. Even beans have calcium along with lots of fiber.
Can’t drink milk? Try low-fat yogurt or cheese and soy milk to sink the puck and make your bones strong. Have two servings a day up to 8 yrs old and three servings for those that are older.
Thirsty? Fight back against that heat by drinking mostly water or other low-calorie drinks. Dump the pop or fruit drink; you’ll feel better in the long run. Milk is good, but it won’t quench your thirst. Drink several cups of fluid such as water, diluted fruit juice, or sports drinks before and after your game or practice.
Whole grain bread kicks the stuffing out of white bread. It has more fiber and vitamins and even calcium! Don’t eat the wimpy white; step up to the goal line and eat at least 3 servings a day of whole grain bread and cereals.
Don’t oil your way to the net. Go lightly on the fried foods, especially fries and chips. Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, air-popped popcorn, pretzels, dried fruits, and nuts. You’ll get around more easily on the ice.
Make sure to eat breakfast. It gives your brain energy for school and your muscles the fuel they need to glide around the rink. People who skip breakfast tend to weigh more.
Sugary foods don’t make you strong, they rob the body of vitamins you would get if you ate naturally sweet foods such as fresh strawberries, juicy grapes or crisp apples. Power-snack on fruit and cheese or peanut butter and whole grain crackers. They give you both energy and strength for your game.